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Biography for Richard Foster / Renovaré

by Dusty Peterson & Elizabeth McDonald

The following is merely a limited collection of useful but essentially random facts on the subject in question.
This document is not intended to be taken as an in-depth, or exhaustive, or definitive treatment.


New Age Terms and Phrases

Richard Foster writes: "I was instructed to share these things with you by a higher authority" [Prayer: The Heart’s True Home, p276].  This is quite a New Age phrase.  The Bible gives many names for God, so why not use one of them instead of "higher authority"?


Gnosticism and Mysticism

Vaswig went to the Shalem Prayer Institute whose website includes a recommended link to the Gnostic Society Virtual Library:  "Very extensive online archives of classical texts. An especially rich and well-organised collection of Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi (including Rumi), Taoist, Sikh, and Zoroastrian texts can be found in their Eastern Mysticism Library."  According the write-up introducing their external links page, "Shalem's policy is to provide links to texts of the great authors of contemplative spirituality. The following links have been explored by Shalem staff and have been found to be potentially valuable resources" [].


Staff of Shalem Prayer Institute

William (Bill) Dietrich is a Quaker ...

Robert Duggan, pastor of a large, culturally varied Roman Catholic church, ...

Alan Evans ... is a member ... of the Spiritual Formation Oversight Committee for Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Robert Lentz, OFM is a Franciscan friar whose innovative Byzantine icons are internationally known.

Rosalie Jishin McQuaide, csjp, Sensei, teaches Zen ... A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, ...

Susan Murphy is a Quaker, ...

Janet Jinne Richardson, csjp, is spiritual director for the Zen Community of Baltimore Clare Sangha.  In 1994 she was named Sensei (teacher) and has been installed as Roshi (Venerable Teacher) in the lineage of the White Plum Sangha.  She is a translator and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (csjp), an international congregation of Catholic women religious committed to peace through justice.

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest ...

Charles J. Stephens, Unitarian Universalist Minister, ...

John Welch, O.Carm., A Roman Catholic priest in the Carmelite Order ..."

[Shalem Institute Staff and Board of Directors,].





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